Real Name:
Thomas-René Gerlach
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Once together with his schoolmate Ian Pooley branded as 'Wunderkind' of German techno, Tonka has become THE disco house producer of the German musicscene. While being commercially succesfull, Tonka managed to hold onto a unique style always identifying him as fan of oldskool breakbeats and early Italian disco tracks. His classic sets at partys in his hometown Mainz are legendary among clubgoers. Lately, he has dropped 'DJ' from his producer alias so one would usually read only 'Tonka' on his newer releases.
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DJ Tonka - DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unreleased Spacecube Tracks album art Spacecube* Spacecube* - DJ Tonka & Ian Pooley's Unreleased Spacecube Tracks Uplifting Records Germany 1996 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - The Night / Security album art D.J. Tonka* D.J. Tonka* - The Night / Security (Maxi) Uplifting Records Germany 1997 Sell This Version
UCA CD 013-2 DJ Tonka - Housefloor - Volume 6 album art Various The Night Various - Housefloor - Volume 6(2xCD, Comp) UCA Records UCA CD 013-2 Germany 1997 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - She Knows You / Get On Up album art DJ Tonka DJ Tonka - She Knows You / Get On Up (Single, Maxi) Uplifting Records Germany 1998 Sell This Version
KCD9819 DJ Tonka - Anual Kaos 6 Anos album art Various Put Your Hands Up (Radio Edit) Various - Anual Kaos 6 Anos(2xCD, Comp) Kaos Records KCD9819 Portugal 1998 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) album art DJ Tonka DJ Tonka - Don't Be Afraid (To Let Yourself Go) (Maxi) Fresh Fish Records Spain 2000 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Heartjumpa album art Tonka* pres. Chip Tunes Tonka* pres. Chip Tunes - Heartjumpa (Maxi, Single) Deep Culture Germany 2001 Sell This Version
430D DJ Tonka - HitDisc 430D album art Various I'm Rushin' [Tonka's Bumpin' Anthem Mix] Various - HitDisc 430D(CDr, Comp) TM Century 430D US 2001 Sell This Version
VIV - 002 DJ Tonka - Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion) album art Tonka* Tonka* - Never! / J.O.E. (Jungle Of Emotion)(12") Vivienne VIV - 002 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
MC4682-02 DJ Tonka - DISCOland   album art Various I'm Rushin Various - DISCOland (Cass, Comp, Unofficial) ONYX Records (2) MC4682-02 Russia 2002 Sell This Version
viv003 DJ Tonka - Keep Klimbing album art Tonka* Tonka* - Keep Klimbing(12") Vivienne viv003 Germany 2002 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Nite:Life 020 - 24th St. Sounds album art Miguel Migs Get Back (Pooley's Honeymoon Dub) (as Tonka) Miguel Migs - Nite:Life 020 - 24th St. Sounds (Comp) NRK Sound Division UK 2004 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - Get Back album art Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen Tonka* Feat. Lara McAllen - Get Back (Maxi) Deep Culture Germany 2003 Sell This Version
DJ Tonka - 84 album art Tonka* Tonka* - 84 (Album) Vivienne Germany 2004 Sell This Version
viv007 DJ Tonka - 84 (My Beginning) album art Tonka* Tonka* - 84 (My Beginning)(12") Vivienne viv007 Germany 2004 Sell This Version
ALPH 0078-6 DJ Tonka - Drop Box E.P. album art Tonka* Tonka* - Drop Box E.P.(12", EP) Alphabet City ALPH 0078-6 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
ECB187 DJ Tonka - Ready For War E.P. album art Tonka* Tonka* - Ready For War E.P.(12", EP) Southern Fried Records ECB187 UK 2009 Sell This Version

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Buzbybumble

Buzbybumble

January 1, 2015
I am unsure what he really looks like. His photos clearly show 2 different people on the images and searching the internet also shows pics for two different people. I assume the blonde haired guy is not the actual artist, but a model used to front the artist in the early days of his career.
dalequetepego

dalequetepego

July 27, 2010
Hi!
I've been searching unsuccessfuly a long time a remix by dj Tonka of '2 UNLIMITED - NEVER SURRENDER'. I heard in the 90's.
Help!
djbronko

djbronko

January 18, 2005
edited over 14 years ago
His tracks may be called too commercial, or all the same - but they just work. Tonka has got a simple recipe that is unique - the pianos make you feel good, the bass kicks (at least on releases until 2000, later on getting softer), the bassline grooves, the melodies are catchy. This is happiness in a tin can. Open it and feel good.
DJEXFIX

DJEXFIX

May 11, 2003
Disco stings revisited with uplifting riffs of guitar giving wide dancability. A soulful house track putting boogie disco vs. oldskool house. Where in the world can one find tracks like this? Just look for DJ Tonka. Thankyou
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Mr.Fonk

Mr.Fonk

March 30, 2002
Once famous for his unique and uplifting remixes, the man from Mainz now has changed his sound to a mixture between oldschool breakbeats with some piano and UK Garage

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